A lot of people seem to think there are many similarities between the 2 largest religions the world. They may also think that there are numerous similarities between the 2 most famous holy books. The Qu’ran and the Bible are 85% similar. If I was told that what I was drinking was 85% pure water, I would be extremely concerned about the contents of the other 15%. In this blog I plan on showing some of the key differences between the teachings of the Qu’ran in the teachings of the Bible. I plan on showing why there is not harmony between Islam and Christianity.
When looking at any religion from a Christian perspective we need to examine the question who is Jesus, who is God, and what is salvation. These issues have been addressed in the Islam blog already. To keep from being redundant I will use this blog to focus in more on the stark contrasts between the Qu’ran and the Bible.
The Bible will always stand apart, not only because of its accuracy, but because of its unique characteristic of containing fulfilled prophecy. The Qu’ran can make claims of accuracy, which we will examine, but cannot make the claim of fulfilled prophecy. The Bible also stands as the text that came first, therefore the Qu’ran appears to be the imitation or counterfeit, rather than the other way around. Isn’t it fair to say that, if there are two texts, and one contradicts the other, then at least one must be wrong. Isn’t it logical to say that the former can not be a corrupt counterfeit of the latter, but the latter can be a corrupt counterfeit of the former.
Here are some of the key discrepancies between the Bible and the Qu’ran, between the Qu’ran and the Qu’ran, and between the Qu’ran and sound reason.
Bible: Completed by about 90 A.D.
Qu’ran: 610 A.D.
Bible: 66 books
Qu’ran: One book
Bible: ~40 different authors
Qu’ran: One author
Qu’ran: No one knows the meaning (Sura (which simply means chapter of the Qu’ran)) 3:7, 7:188)
Bible: Holy Spirit guides into all truth (John 16:13). Certain people do hear and understand the words of God. (Matt. 13:23)
Qu’ran: Allah is a deceiver. (Sura 3:54, 8:30)
Bible: Every word of God is pure and perfect (2 Sam. 22:31). God can not lie (Titus 1:2).
Qu’ran: Allah created sin (Sura 91:7-8, 9:51, 4:88, 7:16-18, 14:4, 16:93, 35:8, 57:22, 74:31)
Bible: False gods lead you into sin (Exodus 23:33). God does not provoke sin (James 1:13).
Qu’ran: Lying is encouraged for certain situations ( Sura 16:106). Lie about your faith (Sura 2:225). Lie to “friends” in order to attain power (Sura 3:28).
Bible: Lying is detestable to God (Proverbs 12:22). It’s from an evil heart (12:20)
Qu’ran: Allah can not have a son. (Sura 112)
Bible: If you deny the Son you deny the Father (1 John 2:23)
Qu’ran: Everybody goes to hell for a time (Sura 19:66-72)
Bible: No judgment for those believing in Jesus (John 5:24). Either eternal life or punishment; no mix (Matt. 25:46)
Qu’ran: Jesus did not die on the cross. Judas did.
Bible: Jesus did. (Luke 18:33, 1 Thes. 1:14, Matt. 27:50, Luke 23, 1 Cor. 15:3) Judas was already dead (Matt. 27:5)
Qu’ran: Salvation is unknown/ a mystery (Sura 46:9, 31:34)
Bible: The believer’s salvation is sure (John 10:28, 1 John 5:13)
Bible/ Qu’ran: God expels Adam and Eve out of the garden because of impurity. (Sura 2:35-36)
Qu’ran: Impure beings are allowed into paradise. (Sura 7:6-9)
Qu’ran: Don’t ever ask why. (Sura 8)
Bible: Inquire of the Lord. Ask why and He answers (Gen. 25:22, Joshua 7:7)
Qu’ran: You are given virgins for pleasure in paradise. (52:24, 56:17,35-38, 76:19)
Bible: eternal life is to know God in Jesus. Singing holy jholy holy round God throne
Qu’ran: Muhammad is the last and greatest prophet. (Sura 33:40)
Qu’ran: Jesus the only sinless one. (Sura 7:158). Perfect, holy (Sura 19:17, 19) Messiah, virgin born (Sura 4:171)
Qu’ran: Allah is the Creator and cause of sin and has ordained man to sin.
Logic: Why would Allah hold man to a standard that he did not create them for and is not himself upholding?
In Islam and in the Qu’ran Allah is too “Holy” to be known by his people. The Qu’ran is not a book about knowing God. The point of Islam is not to be in a right relationship before Allah, but being submitted to him. This submission does not guarantee the person any benefits or paradise. (What can be guaranteed when your God is a deceiver anyway?)
Without God himself reaching down to us to make Himself known, we are left wondering about the nature of God. For him to do this God must be personal. For God to be truly interested in us He must be personal. If Allah is too Holy to be personal with us now, then paradise would seem like a burden to Allah. After all, what would change between now and paradise that Allah would suddenly accept us? (In Islam the Muslim has the responsibility to cleanse himself to be right before Allah.)
Where is the evidence of love and interest from Allah? God shows his interest in man throughout the Bible. God clearly demonstrates His love to us in the death of the Son, Jesus. (Romans 5:8, John 15:13) By him we know what God is like (John 14:7). Through him we are brought into right standing before God (Romans 3:21-22, John 3:18). God remains holy in accepting us into heaven. This holiness cannot be self-attained, but must be from the source of holiness Himself (Eph. 2:8-9)